British soul star Beverley Knight is to headline UK Black Pride 2009, a celebration of African, Asian, Caribbean, Middle Eastern and Latin American LGBT people in Britain.

The event, which is taking place on August 15th in Regents Park College, is said by organisers to be a place where different LGBT and ethnic groups can “foster a sense of pride in our identities”.

Knight, the multi BRIT and MOBO award-winning singer, will be headlining the event, along with “some of Britain’s hottest DJs, dance acts, and performers”.

UK Black Pride, now in its fourth year, started out as a small, organised trip to Southend-on-sea, Essex, that “developed into three coach-loads of lesbian and bisexual black women”.

Since then the event has grown and has been hosted at the leafy Regents Park College since 2007.

The event will also include raffles, market stalls, vendors selling a variety of cultural food and a family and children’s area.

Organisers say they expect MPs, police and representatives from trade unions to attend.